The Markha Valley Trek

India, Trek & Walk, 14 days - from $1,995 (land only)

Trek & Walk
At the Kongmaru La, Kang Yatze in the backgroundTrekking Ladakh, Markha Valley

Classic Itinerary

We have run this popular holiday every year since 1998!

  • A trekking holiday in Ladakh, north of the Indian Himalaya
  • Spectacular views from the Kongmaru La
  • The traditional way of life in the Markha Valley
  • A stronghold of Tibetan Buddhism
  • Visit several Indus Valley monasteries, including Thikse & Hemis

In the remote north-western corner of India, the Himalayan region of Ladakh is a truly inspirational destination for a trekking holiday. Following a beautiful high valley, this superb trek leads through a spectacular mountain world, coloured by green irrigated fields and the red of the monks' robes at the villages and monasteries en route. After acclimatising and sightseeing at the monasteries around the ancient regional capital of Leh and taking a jeep ride up to the Khardung La, we set off on our trek into the Markha Valley. Crossing the Ganda La to reach Skiu in the Markha Valley, we enter a region where the way of life has changed little for centuries. Gradually gaining height on a riverside trail, our highest camp is at 4700 metres on the Nimaling Plain, in the realm of the snow leopard and impressive lammergeier. Returning to the Indus Valley via the Kongmaru La (5100m), we have excellent views of nearby Kang Yatze (6400m) and northwards to the peaks of the Tibetan border. This popular holiday offers a real taste of the magical landscapes of Ladakh.

Is this holiday for you?

For almost all of this trekking holiday we follow good trails, which are the main routes between the villages. Crossing the 2 high passes on the trek, we will encounter zig-zag paths on scree. This is not a long or sustained trek and we have allowed 3 days and nights in Leh to help us get used to the altitude, before setting off. The holiday is made relatively challenging on account of 8 days of trekking at generally quite high altitude, including 2 high pass crossings at close to 5000 metres.

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